Everyday Habits that Contribute to IBS Symptoms
Over 60% of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) patients report a significant reduction in symptoms after trialing the low FODMAP diet with the guidance of a qualified registered dietitian. While considering this option, check to see if a few routine behaviors may also be contributing to your symptoms.
The National Institute of Health Care and Excellence (NICE), offers a checklist worth investigating. You could become one of the 40% of IBS patients who report significant improvement simply by making a few daily adjustments. Take a moment to ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I eat at regular intervals, avoiding long gaps between eating?
- Am I taking the time to eat at a modest pace?
- Am I drinking at least 8 cups of fluid per day, especially water or other non-caffeinated drinks (e.g. herbal teas)?
- Do I drink more than 3 cups of coffee or tea per day?
- Could alcohol and/or carbonated beverages be triggering my symptoms?
- Do I eat large portions of high roughage foods such as popcorn, wheat bran, legumes or cruciferous vegetables?
- Do I eat processed and/or fast food on a regular basis?
- Does my fresh fruit intake exceed to 3 servings per day (one serving = ~1/2 cup)?
- Do I chew gum, eat mints, sip diet drinks or other “diet products” with artificial sweeteners or sugar alcohols that end in the letters -ol (erythritol, xylitol, sorbitol…)?
- People with gas and bloating may find it helpful to eat oats and up to 1 tablespoon of linseeds per day.
Source: McKenzie et al. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. 2016;29(5):549-575
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